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Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may fuel deforestation

Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may fuel deforestation

Science
Imports of a "green fuel" source may be inadvertently increasing deforestation and the demand for new palm oil, a study says.Experts say there has been a recent boom in the amount of used cooking oil imported into the UK from Asia. This waste oil is the basis for biodiesel, which produces far less CO2 than fossil fuels in cars. But this report is concerned that the used oil is being replaced across Asia with palm oil from deforested areas.Cutting carbon emissions from transport has proved very difficult for governments all over the world. Many have given incentives to speed up the replacement of fossil-based petrol and diesel with fuels made from crops such as soya or rapeseed. These growing plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere...
Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Cozy Comfort Foods for Chilly Spring Nights

Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Cozy Comfort Foods for Chilly Spring Nights

Health
After a week where nothing seems to go right—you're majorly stressed about work, you haven't done laundry in so long that you're out of clean underwear, and the weather feels like anything but spring—the best medicine is undeniably some delicious comfort food.I love making a big batch of my Springtime Turkey Chili because it freezes exceptionally well and tastes even better by the second or third day. When I was growing up, my mom used to serve this chili over a big pile of steaming hot macaroni noodles and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the whole thing. My brother and I would scrape our bowls clean and go for seconds every time. Looking for something equally comforting and fancy? Try my friend Rocky's Chicken Marsala. It's perfect for a Friday night dinner...
Global warming is cooking sperm and could threaten male fertility

Global warming is cooking sperm and could threaten male fertility

Science
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Heatwaves are frying the sperm inside insects, according to a new study. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, could help explain why biodiversity continues to decline as the planet warms. "We've shown in this work that sperm function is an especially sensitive trait when the environment heats up, and in a model system representing a huge amount of global biodiversity," Matt Gage, researcher at the University of East Anglia, said in a news release. "Since sperm function is essential for reproduction and population viability, these findings could provide one explanation for why biodiversity is suffering under climate change." Plants and animals can adapt to environmental changes, but studies suggests rapid changes in temperature can trigger ...